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Kinect Privacy Guard from Kinect Package Material 


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Kinect Privacy Guard from 
Kinect Package Material 

Written By: Sean Michael Ragan 


A pair of scissors (1) 
Glue gun and hot glue (1) 
Goo-Gone or equivalent product (1) 
Paper towels (1) 


Foam strip from Kinect package (1) 


My Kinect is a very cool toy, but it was not lost on me, as I was plugging it in, that I'd given 
the Microsoft hive-mind a pretty sophisticated set of eyes and ears straight into my living 
room. Sure, I suppose I could only plug it in when I'm using it, but I'm kind of a neat freak 
about my entertainment center wiring and I don't want to be digging the Xbox out every time I 
decide I want guaranteed privacy. Some kind of lens-cap arrangement seemed the easiest 
solution, and making it out of the foam that the Kinect itself came packed in avoids the 
danger of picking some material that might scratch the device or otherwise be incompatible 
with it over the long term. Plus, it makes it easy for anyone who owns a Kinect (and still has 
the packing) to go and do likewise, should they be so inclined. 

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Kinect Privacy Guard from Kinect Package Material 

Step 1 — Remove foam strip 

• The lid of the Kinect box 
includes a 11" x 1.5" x 
0.375" black foam strip. This is our 
starting material. 

• Grab it at one end and pull it off the 
cardboard. Some paper and 
adhesive will probably stick to the 

Step 2 — Clean off adhesive residue 

• Squirt some Goo-Gone on any paper and/or adhesive residue that remain stuck to the 
foam strip. 

• Let it soak for fifteen minutes. 

• Flake off the paper residue with your fingernail. 

• Wipe off the remaining cleaner and adhesive residue with a paper towel. 

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Kinect Privacy Guard from Kinect Package Material 

Step 3 — Measure and mark foam 

• Make a mark 4" from each end of 
the foam strip. I found blue 
painter's masking tape a 
convenient means of doing this. 

Step 4 — Cut foam 

• Use sharp scissors to cut a 4" piece off each end of the foam strip. 

• The center piece that remains should be 3" long. 

• Remove the marking tape, if you used it. 

• Clip the corners of the 4" long pieces at a 45-degree angle, just for looks. 


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Kinect Privacy Guard from Kinect Package Material 

Step 5 — Assemble 

• I'm fairly certain the Kinect package foam is EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate), which is 
the same material hot glue sticks are made of. In any case, hot glue bonds it 
extremely well. In my tests, the foam itself tore before the hot-glued joints failed. 

• Apply a bead of hot glue across each end of the short foam strip. 

• Attach the edge of each long foam strip as shown, making sure to center everything as 
best you can. 

• Give the glue a minute or two to set up, and you're done. 

This lens-cap blocks all three apertures on the front of the Kinect, even though only two of them 
are cameras. When not in use, it can be removed entirely, or just slid to one side as shown. My 
Kinect functions perfectly with the privacy guard slid to one side as shown in the photograph. 

This document was last generated on 2012-11-02 11 :42:54 PM. 

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